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Times' Bernie Feature Disappointing

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Ol' Bernardo got his first senatorial splash in the Sunday New York Times. A magazine piece by Times reporter Mark Liebovitch (formerly with The Washington Post.)

Kind of disappointing actually. As one reader put it, "I think the author was a little too much in love with the sound of his own writing."

Here's a taste:

Sanders crinkles his face whenever a conversation veers too long from this kind of “important stuff” and into the “silly stuff,” like clothes and style. “I do not like personality profiles,” Sanders told me during our first conversation. He trumpets a familiar rant against the media, its emphasis on gaffes, polls and trivial details.

“If I walked up on a stage and fell down, that would be the top story,” Sanders says. “You wouldn’t hear anything about the growing gap between rich and poor.”

When I first met Sanders in person on Church Street, there were big streaks of dried mud on his shoes and dried blood on his neck from what looked to be a shaving mishap. His hair flew every which way in a gust of wind. At six feet tall, he is wiry, but he walks with shoulders hunched and elbows out, like a big, skulking bird. From a distance, he looked as if he could be homeless.

Give me a break!

Here you have Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders criticizing the media for its shallowness and superficiality and what does Liebovitch write but a rather shallow, snarky and superficial piece?

Go figure.

Of course, this is the same New York Times that allowed President Bush to lie his way into the disaster in Iraq unchecked.

P.S. Little reality check in today's Washington Post:

Confidence in Bush Leadership at All-Time Low, Poll Finds
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen

President Bush will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday at the weakest point of his presidency, facing deep public dissatisfaction over his Iraq war policies and eroding confidence in his leadership, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

With a major confrontation between Congress and the president brewing over Iraq, Americans overwhelmingly oppose Bush's plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to the conflict. By wide margins, they prefer that congressional Democrats, who now hold majorities in both chambers, rather than the president, take the lead in setting the direction for the country.

Iraq dominates the national agenda, with 48 percent of Americans calling the war the single most important issue they want Bush and the Congress to deal with this year. No other issue rises out of single digits. The poll also found that the public trusts congressional Democrats over Bush to deal with the conflict by a margin of 60 percent to 33 percent.

Here's the rest of it.

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